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  • January 18, 2012
    Health Group Announces Intent to Sue EPA Over Toxic Coal Ash

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined environmental groups in announcing their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court to force the release of long-awaited federal safeguards for toxic coal ash.

  • January 12, 2012
    EPA's New Mercury & Air Toxics Rule Called a "Victory for Children"

    PSR chapters across the country celebrated the EPA’s recent finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. This rule is a huge victory for human health, particularly for children, who can face developmental delays and mental retardation due to mercury exposure.

  • January 12, 2012
    Two Decades of Work Result in Strong Rules to Reduce Toxic Mercury Exposure

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has worked for twenty-two years to protect the public from the severe toxic effects of mercury. Mercury, a neurotoxin, damages the developing brain; fetuses, infants and children exposed to mercury can suffer lifelong developmental delays, loss of IQ and mental retardation. In adults, mercury can damage the heart and kidneys.

  • November 17, 2011
    PSR chapters continue to fight coal

    PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.

  • November 16, 2011
    Students protest UI's use of coal

    “We can’t afford to ignore the costs of coal,” Maureen McCue, director of Iowa PSR and an adjunct clinical professor in the UI College of Public Health, told advocates Wednesday.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • November 1, 2011
    Coal Ash Spill in Wisconsin

    The coal ash spill in southeastern Wisconsin that poured heavy metals and toxicants into Lake Michigan poses potentially serious health risks to the communities in the area.

  • August 4, 2011
    The Last Mountain - cosponsored by AZ PSR

    Sundance Film Festival award winning film about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - brought together by the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce

  • August 4, 2011
    Health Externalities of Coal

    10 Minute presentation for public Access TV on the human halth effects of coal burning waste and emissions

    Source: Access Tucson
  • July 25, 2011
    Study ranks air pollution from coal and oil-fired power plants

    Pediatrician Dr. Lynn Ringenberg of PSR Tampa Bay discusses the health threats of coal pollution.

    Source: Los Angeles Times
  • July 20, 2011
    PSR doctors raise warnings over "Toxic 20" States with Most Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

    PSR joined with the Natural Resources Defense Council in releasing a study that identifies the states with the most toxic air pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants.

  • July 19, 2011
    Activists deliver support for EPA mercury rule

    Activists from PSR and other organizations delivered more than 630,000 comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in Boston today to support the agency’s draft rules to significantly curb mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Boston Globe
  • May 22, 2011
    Demanding cleaner air will reduce health care costs

    Under the Clean Air Act, for each dollar spent to clean our air there has been a health care cost savings of about $44 – and there are still dollars to be saved. PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood does the math in an op-ed.

    Source: Buffalo News
  • April 7, 2011
    Concern Grows About Coal Export Facility Slated for Longview

    As the number of coal fired power plants worldwide has increased, so too has the demand for coal. A coal export facility has been proposed for Longview, Washington, and health experts and environmentalists are expressing grave concern.

  • March 31, 2011
    Muscatine, Iowa: Pretty setting, but dirty air

    Iowa PSR's Dr. Maureen McCue discusses the air pollution problem in Muscatine.

    Source: Star Tribune
  • March 25, 2011
    Wind Blows Coal Away

    Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN, Director of Environmental Health Programs provided expert testimony at the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate this month.

  • March 17, 2011
    PSR Celebrates EPA Action to Dangerous Air Toxins from Coal and Oil-Fired Power Plants

    PSR welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release today of a proposed update to air quality standards that will limit the emission of lethal air toxics from power plants.

  • March 7, 2011
    PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant

    Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.

  • March 2, 2011
    Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually

    A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity.

  • February 17, 2011
    Stop Washington state coal-energy production

    Energy policy is health policy, writes PSR member Dr. Howard Frumkin in this op-ed.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • February 15, 2011
    Opponents square off over Wash.'s coal-fired plant

    Dr. Alexander Hamling, a Washington PSR board member, warns of the public health dangers from coal pollution.

    Source: Seattle Times
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  • April 25, 2014
    4th Annual Soul of Medicine Dinner
    Friday, April 25th. Chicago PSR's annual celebration, this year honoring Dr. David Ansell. Free for medical students.